Synopses & Reviews
Lawrence Krauser's novel, Lemon, was recently published by McSweeney's Books. Lawrence Krauser is illustrating, with his own hand, each and every one of the 10,000 book jackets for the novel's initial print run.
"Lawrence Krauser's first novel...tells the story of Wendell, a corporate memo writer who, after his girlfriend leaves him, becomes obsessed with a lemon. He notices the fruit lying in the foyer of his apartment building, picks it up, pockets it and soon finds himself mooning over it, bathing with it, taking it to work, rescuing it from a colleague's cup of tea and, perhaps inevitably, making love to it. He tapes it to a seesaw and he and the lemon 'ride for hours, then fall to the grass and lay in its rustling till daybreak.' Krauser, who is a playwright, has interspersed scenes of Wendell and his lemon with elegant ruminations on the cultivation of lemons and descriptions of contemporary cubicle life. His prose is immaculate; his premise, patently ridiculous. This book is odd, exquisite and trivial, like a drawing on a Ping-Pong ball or an etching in a bar of soap." Jennifer Reese, The New York Times Book Review
Lemon is the story of the passionate love between a man and a citrus fruit, told with a fluid mixture of prose, drama, and about twenty pages of rhymed couplets. Krauser's inimitable style is at once richly convoluted and light as air. Krauser has also written the plays Wall Street Made Simple and Horrible Child.
About the Author
LAWRENCE KRAUSER is writer of the plays Horrible Child, Wall Street Made Simple, Whale Tale, A Virtual Deal, and Honeymoon in Dealey Plaza. He works closely with the Printer's Devil Theatre in Seattle, and lately with Annex Theatre in that city, and with the East Village Theatre Company in New York, and soon with The Mammals in Chicago. He attended the New England Conservatory of Music, graduated from the University of Hartford, taught filmmaking with Arnold Eagle at The New School, and is a copy editor for Doubleday/Broadway Books. Currently he is writing, directing, and scoring the feature film Dangerous Dave & The Whalers. This is his first novel.